Nanaimo Design Nerds
Designers/Facilitators/Creative Entrepreneurs, Nanaimo Design Nerds
Monica Shore, Sean Enns and Jackie Duys-Kelly believe Nanaimo is an incredible city, one with limitless opportunities to grow, to explore, and to engage the community in creative, and culturally significant ways. We see our roles as agents of change. Each of us cares deeply about the civic, cultural, and natural environment, and we are moved to develop innovative spaces and solutions in our city.
Civically, we work with organizations to unlock the latent creativity that already exists within, and provide guidance on leveraging the newly-discovered creativity to overcome organizational challenges.
Our problem-solving sessions, fun and fast-paced sessions we call Design Jams, are used in cities around the world to solve complex problems using principles of design. We’ve hosted several Jams in Nanaimo, including Operation Night Lights, The Culture Plan Jam, How to Awesome-ize Your City, and Jam the Fringe.
Culturally, we envision a rich and vibrant future for our city, and we believe in shaping that future through action, through community engagement, and through collaboration with other creative-minded individuals and organizations. We are a small organization that refuses to think in small terms. Our plans are on the grand scale, designed to transform a city still trying to find its voice into a thriving space that’s valuable, desirable, and inspiring beyond our imaginations.
Naturally, we are the nexus of the community. Our goal can best be described as forward momentum. We see all of Nanaimo’s beautiful spaces, the streets and shops, the people and places, and we imagine myriad ways to collaborate, to create exciting experiences (link to Storefront project), and to build a brighter future for ourselves, for our children, for every resident and visitor.